Careful Acoustic Design Considerations

Careful Acoustic Design Considerations

Achieving good airborne and impact sound isolation requires careful acoustic design considerations. Two key areas that need to be addressed when improving a floor construction are the airborne aspect (TV noise, music and speech) is typically dealt with by applying ceiling treatments and mass and isolation to the building components. Impact sound (footfall) performance is increased by the used of resilience layers and isolation of components.

Sound Insulation Testing 

Firstly, we need to look at the airborne performance requirements which are 45dB for new build properties and 43dB for conversion developments, this applies both to party walls and floors between properties. This level is the difference between the source level and the receiver level during London sound tests.

To try and help our clients achieve compliance with Approved Document E, we offer the following 4 step acoustic design package:

  1. Site Survey Visits – to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic construction such as inclusion of lightweight blocks in the existing construction. It also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines.
  2. Sample Sound Insulation Testing – of the existing construction. This offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer a targeted acoustic design using the sound insulation performance of the existing construction.
  3. Acoustic Design Review – a full design review of the proposed developments party walls and floors.
  4. Pre-completion Sound Testing to satisfy Approved Document E.

APT Sound Testing can advise on all types of acoustic design, whether it’s accomplished during initial construction or during a refurbishment/renovation project. We also undertake UKAS accredited sound testing providing a ‘one stop’ solution for all your acoustic testing and design requirements throughout London and the South East.

If you would like more information in regards to Sound Testing in London please follow our blog at: http://soundtestinguk.blogspot.co.uk or contact us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk and 07775623464 or visit our website at: www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk

Cleanroom Particulate Testing and Validation


Cleanroom Particulate Testing and Validation

To minimise particle contamination it is important to build separate environments, called cleanrooms that allow particle limits to be maintained at measurable and controllable levels. It is essential that cleanrooms are tested in-line with the relevant ISO standard to ensure they are working as designed.

Cleanroom Particulate Testing and Validation

Cleanroom Testing and Commissioning

A well designed cleanroom can achieve these great cleanliness levels by maximising laminar airflow and particle traps. Laminar airflow is air moving in one direction, which allows particles to be swept away from an area. Particle traps are areas where particles gather and escape laminar airflow. Careful cleanroom designs can minimise these areas to reduce particulate build up.

Hepa filters installed in the ceiling allow filtered air to pass down toward the floor. The floor tiles have small holes that allow the air to pass under the floor, where air-returns (air ducts) transport the air back to the ceiling filters. This filtration process can exchange the cleanroom’s entire volume of air more than thirty times per hour, resulting in the cleanest environment possible while minimising the movement of particles.

Clean room testing and certification guarantees that the facility has met the requirements for a statistically-valid maximum concentration of specified-size airborne particles.

Following our clean room testing and/or validation service, we present you with a clear, well-structured reportage that can be compiled, quality checked and issued to you while still on site, minimising the down time of your operations. We will also take time to explain the process and reportage to ensuring that you fully understand the testing process and your final results.

We will issue you with test certificates, as well as calibration certificates for all of the equipment used and we will also document any recommendations for improvements that could be made to make the clean room more efficient in regards to its operation.

We Have Your Clean Room Validation Testing Covered

I hope the above information was informative. If you would like some more information in regards to our cleanroom testing service please don’t hesitate to contact Darren directly on 07775623464.

APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net

The Different Types of Particle Counters

The Different Types of Particle Counters

APT uses the latest Airborne Particulate Counters to undertake Particle Testing to Clean Rooms. Many people assume that’s the only type of Particle Counters; however, there are many varieties of particle counters. The primary differences depend upon the medium in which particles are suspended: air, liquid, gas, vacuum, or atmospheric/meteorological.

Airborne Particle Counters

Airborne particle counters measure air contamination in HEPA-filtered cleanrooms for disk drive assemblies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, small test benches, rocket launch facilities, and hundreds of different controlled air applications. WE use this type of Particle Counter during our clean room testing.

Liquid Particle Counters

Liquid particle counters measure contamination in a wide range of fluids including drinking water, injectable drugs, transmission fluids, and hydrofluoric acids. Some liquid particle counters require an accessory called a Sampler. A sampler communicates with the particle counter, automatically extracts a precise volume of liquid, and, programmed with the counter’s specific delivery rate, dispenses the liquid to the particle counter. Some liquid counters directly connect into plumbing lines or use pressurized gases to eliminate bubbles in chemicals.

Gas Particle Counters

Gas particle counters measure contamination suspended in gases. These gases may be either inert or volatile, and either dry (anhydrous) or contain trace water vapours. Usually, the gas particle counter’s design provides contamination measurements at pressures ranging from 40 – 150 psig.

Vacuum Particle Counters

Vacuum particle counters fill a niche market where processes occur under negative pressures (vacuum), which offer unique challenges. Particles do not exhibit predictable movement in vacuum, so specialized particle counters must depend upon a particle’s momentum for detection.

Atmospheric/Meteorological Particle Counters

One of the original particle counter applications, atmospheric (or meteorological) particle counters examine atmospheric contamination like pollution or provide detailed weather studies. These instruments measure water droplets, ice crystals, condensation nuclei, or contamination drift from oil fires and volcanic eruptions.

APT has your Clean Room Validation Testing Covered

I hope the above information was informative. If you would like some more information in regards to our cleanroom testing service please don’t hesitate to contact Darren directly on 07775623464.

APT Cleanroom Testing provides clients with a reliable and proactive clean room testing service. If you would like to know more about our particulate testing service and/or HEPA filter testing service to cleanrooms, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:  info@airpressuretesting.net